Peterson Adjusting to New Brace

Running back Adrian Peterson is expected to play on Sunday, but he is currently trying to get used to a brace on his injured right knee.

Rookie running back Adrian Peterson has done limited work in practice both days this week but is expected to return against Detroit on Sunday.

He has missed the past two games while recovering from the slightly torn lateral collateral ligament he suffered in his right knee on Nov. 11 at Green Bay.

"Right now I feel like I will be able to go out and play," he said. "I am just going to continue to take it one day at a time and see how it feels during practice and after practice. I will have to be able to make that decision this weekend."

Peterson, who leads the NFL with 1,081 yards rushing, is expected to split carries with Chester Taylor. Peterson also will wear a brace on his knee for the remainder of the season.

Coach Brad Childress has noticed that Peterson has spent plenty of down time in practice fiddling with the brace and trying to get used to having it on his knee.

"It really took me a good week just to really get used to it," Peterson said. "It was kind of stiff at first but I really have worked into it. The brace is starting to mold over my leg and my knee so I am feeling more comfortable with it."


  • C Matt Birk was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday because of a knee injury. He is expected to play Sunday.

  • FB Tony Richardson was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday because of a knee injury. Richardson played with the injury last Sunday against the Giants.

  • LB Dontarrious Thomas was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday because of a groin injury. Thomas is a new addition to the injury report.

  • S Tank Williams did not practice Wednesday or Thursday because of an MCL sprain he suffered against the Giants. There is a good chance he will be held out this weekend against Detroit.

  • WR Troy Williamson (concussion) did not practice Thursday after experiencing headaches following the limited work he did Wednesday. Williamson was injured in the third quarter of Sunday's game against the New York Giants.

  • CB Antoine Winfield, who has missed three of the past four games because of a hamstring injury, was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday. Whether he plays against Detroit will be a game-time decision.

  • DE Kenechi Udeze returned for Thursday's practice after missing a day to be with his wife for the birth of their daughter.

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